PENNINGTON, JOSH

Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 6, 1995

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 175

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Red Sox (December 6, 2016)

Position: Pitcher
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
DOB: July 6th, 1995

Profile: Picked up by the Brewers along with infielders Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon in a December trade that sent closer Tyler Thornburg to Boston, Pennington was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 29th round of the 2014 draft despite suffering a torn UCL prior to the draft that knocked him out for all of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made his way back to the mound in 2015, pitching for the Red Sox affilaite in the Gulf Coast League, then spent the 2016 season with short-season Lowell in the New York-Penn League. With a fastball already clocked between 93-97 mph, Pennington also throws a curveball and changeup that could both become average or better offerings for the righty as he gains a better feel for them.

2015: Pennington didn’t pitch for the Red Sox in 2014 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery but finally made his pro debut in late June of 2015 with Boston’s Gulf Coast League club. He appeared in seven games there, starting six of them, and looked dominant, going 2-1 with a 0.82 earned run average, striking out 22 batters over 22 innings of work.

2016: After opening up the 2016 season in extended spring training, Pennington joined the Lowell Spinners, Boston’s affiliate in the New York-Penn League, when their season began in June. He made 13 starts there and again looked impressive. He posted a record of 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .200 batting average.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#36)